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2018 Sun Gypsy cruise

Discussion in 'Pacific North West Cruisers' started by Michael Davis, Apr 14, 2018. Add this thread to a FAQ

  1. Michael Davis

    Michael Davis

    Joined Jan 5, 2017
    600 posts, 250 likes
    Beneteau First 38
    Ca Lyall Harbour Saturna Island
    16 days before we start this years cruise. Jobs are almost done, just a little hull liner to put up. Sure hope it warms up and the rain stops soon!
     


  2. Terry Cox

    Terry Cox

    Joined Dec 25, 2000
    3,209 posts, 311 likes
    Hunter Passage 42
    US Shelter Bay, WA
    Hi Michael, where off to this year? Just returned from a spring cruise around the islands that included many hours of sail time. Last couple of days were in gale force winds. Otherwise, quite nice.
     


  3. Michael Davis

    Michael Davis

    Joined Jan 5, 2017
    600 posts, 250 likes
    Beneteau First 38
    Ca Lyall Harbour Saturna Island
    Hi Terry
    Just going to take our time going up the mainland side of the straights. Visit some places we haven't been for a number of years. ( Indian Arm, Princess Louisa etc.) Just up as far as Bella Bella and then do the west coast of Vancouver Island again. Bevs already arranged for a house (cat) sitter so we should be good til the end of Sept.
     


  4. jssailem

    jssailem

    Joined Oct 22, 2014
    5,900 posts, 2,066 likes
    CAL 35 Cruiser
    US Salem, Moored Port Everett WA
    Hey there Michael. How you doing? Sounds like you are planning a summer.

    Wanted to let you know I got my Campbell Sailor prop installed. Took it out and ran it about. Good power both fore and aft. I think a little less or at the least different prop wash. Easily get upto and beyond hull speed. Will need to see how the fuel consumption and engine rpm's work over some timed distances. Going astern it feels like there is no prop wash at all. Need to understand exactly what is happening. May be that I am going at a lower rpm. Before the boat would start to turn almost immediately.

    I did do some crash stops. Very interesting. Think I got the boat to stop within the boat length. Did blow out a bit of soot, so maybe the engine is working a bit more efficiently. Time will tell.

    Hope we cross wakes out there in the Gulf Islands.
    Fair winds on your 2018 cruise.
     


  5. Michael Davis

    Michael Davis

    Joined Jan 5, 2017
    600 posts, 250 likes
    Beneteau First 38
    Ca Lyall Harbour Saturna Island
    Hi John
    Sure glad that prop is working for you. I've been very happy with both of mine.
    Summer plans are pretty loose this year...just go where the wind blows and enjoy. Overall we expect to get as far north as Bella Bella then around the island. Don't have to be anywhere at any time so it should be very relaxing.
    Just a bit left to do on the boat then a good wash up so we should be ready to go on May 1. Should be home by the end of Sept. plus or minus depending on the weather.
    Hope to see you out there.
     


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  6. Michael Davis

    Michael Davis

    Joined Jan 5, 2017
    600 posts, 250 likes
    Beneteau First 38
    Ca Lyall Harbour Saturna Island
    Spent the afternoon putting new hull liner in my tool room (starboard aft cabin) . A little practise where it won't show much. Looks pretty good I think. Will finish that off tomorrow then change the engine oil. Almost ready!
     


  7. Mark Maulden

    Mark Maulden

    Joined Jan 25, 2011
    1,634 posts, 135 likes
    S2 11.0A
    US Anacortes, WA
    Have a good cruise Michael! We splash tomorrow and see how my prop pitch adj works. Yard was kind enough to give me a free short haul if I need to repitch again!!
     


  8. Michael Davis

    Michael Davis

    Joined Jan 5, 2017
    600 posts, 250 likes
    Beneteau First 38
    Ca Lyall Harbour Saturna Island
    Thanks Mark. Sure can't beat a free haul but hope you don't need it.
     


  9. Will Gilmore

    Will Gilmore

    Joined Oct 19, 2017
    2,749 posts, 1,175 likes
    O'Day 19
    US Littleton, NH
    Just to let you know, there are those of us on the Right coast interested in adventures on the Left coast. I've visited on land many years ago, but I know nothing about the sailing. Looking forward to following your progress. Thanks for posting and please don't be shy with the pictures.

    -Will (Dragonfly)
     


  10. Michael Davis

    Michael Davis

    Joined Jan 5, 2017
    600 posts, 250 likes
    Beneteau First 38
    Ca Lyall Harbour Saturna Island
    Hi Will
    I'll try to do better this year. Will be staying in the southern half of our coast this year so staying in touch is a little easier. Twelve days and counting!
     


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  11. Michael Davis

    Michael Davis

    Joined Jan 5, 2017
    600 posts, 250 likes
    Beneteau First 38
    Ca Lyall Harbour Saturna Island
    Finished the hull/head liner in the aft cabin today. Came away with renewed respect for people who do that for a living! Glad it's done. Tomorrow is clean-up . Ten days to go!
     


  12. Will Gilmore

    Will Gilmore

    Joined Oct 19, 2017
    2,749 posts, 1,175 likes
    O'Day 19
    US Littleton, NH
    Living with beauty costs. I think the dividends are the best one can hope for, though.

    - Will (Dragonfly)
     


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  13. Michael Davis

    Michael Davis

    Joined Jan 5, 2017
    600 posts, 250 likes
    Beneteau First 38
    Ca Lyall Harbour Saturna Island
    Moved the boat up to the Gov't dock this morning. It's closer to home (400 metres) so was easier to get everything packed up. Taking the morning ebb over to Sidney in the morning for last minute things, then the flood up Trincomali Channel to Conover, Pirates or maybe Degnen Bay. Summer is officially underway!
     


  14. Michael Davis

    Michael Davis

    Joined Jan 5, 2017
    600 posts, 250 likes
    Beneteau First 38
    Ca Lyall Harbour Saturna Island
    GEDC0142.JPG Finally all loaded and ready to go. A bit of light rain in the morning but it cleared up in the afternoon. However there was not much wind. Made it to Pirates Cove for the night then through Gabriola Passage in the morning. GEDC0144.JPG
    Crossed the Gulf to Vancouver this morning, the forecast winds were AWOL so motored over to visit family. On the up-side the new solar panels work great and it appears I didn't do to much damage while working on the boat this past winter.
     


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  15. Terry Cox

    Terry Cox

    Joined Dec 25, 2000
    3,209 posts, 311 likes
    Hunter Passage 42
    US Shelter Bay, WA
    Grrr. A few weeks for us. Need to haul and paint the bottom first. Soon, very soon.
     


  16. Michael Davis

    Michael Davis

    Joined Jan 5, 2017
    600 posts, 250 likes
    Beneteau First 38
    Ca Lyall Harbour Saturna Island
    OK Terry; I'll leave the water out for you. Are you headed up this way this year?
     


  17. Terry Cox

    Terry Cox

    Joined Dec 25, 2000
    3,209 posts, 311 likes
    Hunter Passage 42
    US Shelter Bay, WA
    Great Michael and thank you. We'll need all the water we can get. Plan to get up your way, but unsure of the timeframe. Post me your phone number and I can call you later as our schedule firms up. My cell number is 425/870-6923.
     


  18. Will Gilmore

    Will Gilmore

    Joined Oct 19, 2017
    2,749 posts, 1,175 likes
    O'Day 19
    US Littleton, NH
    It is a good idea to keep contact info for PMs.

    - Will (Dragonfly)
     


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  19. Michael Davis

    Michael Davis

    Joined Jan 5, 2017
    600 posts, 250 likes
    Beneteau First 38
    Ca Lyall Harbour Saturna Island
    GEDC0147.JPG GEDC0148.JPG GEDC0147.JPG Spent three nights at Fishermans Wharf in False Creek to visit friends and family. A bit crowded but surprisingly quiet. Next was a trip up Indian Arm. Only 13 miles from downtown Vancouver it feels like mid-coast GEDC0160.JPG
     


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  20. Michael Davis

    Michael Davis

    Joined Jan 5, 2017
    600 posts, 250 likes
    Beneteau First 38
    Ca Lyall Harbour Saturna Island
    IMG_0425.jpeg IMG_0423.jpeg Skipper hard at work, sailing from Vancouver to Gibsons.
    Passing through the Second Narrows into Vancouver Harbour.
     


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